X51waverider US Air Force loses hypersonic jet Waverider in test failure

In a blunder worth millions, if not billions, of dollars, the US Air Force has admitted that its Waverider hypersonic jet has been lost after its engines failed during a test flight.

In a blunder worth millions, if not billions, of dollars, the US Air Force has admitted that its Waverider hypersonic jet has been lost after its engines failed during a test flight.

 
The Air Force had hoped to fly the aircraft at six times the speed of sound (a whopping 3,600mph) for just five minutes, but after it was dropped from a B-52 bomber its engines failed due to a faulty control fin.
 
Luckily no one was on board, as the craft is unmanned, but it plummeted towards the Pacific Ocean and disappeared into the watery deep. The Air Force does not know where it is, and even if it was found, it broke apart in its fall and likely is little more than debris on the sea bed.
 
X51waverider US Air Force loses hypersonic jet Waverider in test failure
 
This is not the first time this problem has occurred. A previous test aircraft was also lost in the same ocean after suffering engine problems. Interestingly, the first test flight in 2010 flew at five times the speed of sound for a three minute period, so perhaps the goal should be to go back to whatever made that original flight work, such as the lower speed and duration.
 
The aim of the project, which is partially funded by the Pentagon, is to develop technology that can send missiles at faster speeds, but it could also be used to make commercial planes to reduce flight time across the world, according to the BBC.
 
A trip from London to New York, which can take around eight hours, would be reduced to just one hour at hypersonic speeds. Of course, they need to stop losing their aircraft before anyone will dare pay for a ticket.
 
Source: BBC